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June 9: Humor and the Author’s Platform

Connie Cockrell of Rim Country Chapter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Rim Country Meeting – Guest Brad Graber: Humor and the Author’s Platform
Date: June 9, 2021
Time: 01:00 PM Arizona

Humor and the Author’s Platform
Everyone loves to laugh. So how can an author leverage a great sense of humor to sell books? Join us on June 9th at 1:00 pm to hear Brad Graber discuss the use of humor in building and maintaining relationships with readers.

Brad Graber is an award-winning author who writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one ever listened to him – so he made up stories about them. Brad’s latest release is What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? – a collection of over seventy essays from Brad’s monthly humor blog: There, I Said It! Brad is also the author of two novels of contemporary fiction: After the Fall and The Intersect. Brad’s third novel Boca by Moonlight is scheduled for release January 2022. Brad currently lives in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff.

Contact: connie.cockrell@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

June 12: Novel As A Second Act

APW Central District Guest Speaker Sheila Grinell “NOVEL AS SECOND ACT”

Susan C Anderson, Chairperson, is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Central Guest Sheila Grinell: Novel As A Second Act
Date: Jun 12, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

“If you’ve ever contemplated leaving a job and starting something completely new, you’ve probably also thought about all the good reasons not to. Even so, there may be a benefit in forging straight ahead.” –Sheila Grinell, novelist and former CEO of the Arizona Science Center came to Phoenix in 1993 to build the Arizona Science Center. In her sixties, she took on a different challenge—to begin a second career as a novelist.

What was it like for Sheila to start over again? How does her experience compare to that of others facing a life transition? How does writing compare to running a museum? Sheila will share lessons learned, with time for Q&A.

Her debut novel, APPETITE, was published in 2016, and a second novel, THE CONTRACT, appeared in September 2019. Born in a taxi in Manhattan, she studied at The Bronx High School of Science, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Phoenix with her husband, Tom Johnson.

To receive the Zoom link, contact Susan.APW@hotmail.com

 

APW Rim Country Meeting Wed. May 12, 1:00PM

Arizona Professional Writers:
It’s member share time! What have you been working on? Any challenges? Any victories? Let’s share.
Connie Cockrell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Open to members and non-members.
CONTACT: Conniecockrell@gmail.com if you did not receive the link.

May 8 – Writing on the go!

Central Chapter chairperson, Susan Anderson, is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Central meeting: Writing on the go! Jaimie Bruzenak
Date: May 8, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

Writing on the go!
Did you ever consider combining traveling this country while writing? APW member Jaimie Bruzenak and her late husband, Bill, began full-time RVing on Election Day 1992. They voted and left Pennsylvania for the West. Her only writing previously was customizing business proposals and regular letters describing their travels to relatives and friends.

However, she started contributing pieces to her RV Club and to a publication that advertised jobs for RVers wanting seasonal work. She wrote a book on this topic, self-published, marketed and fulfilled orders. With a writing partner she added two more print books plus eBooks. She decided a few years ago that she had “been there, done that” and it was time to do some new things in her remaining years. Used copies of her print books plus eBooks can still be found but she no longer markets or updates them.

She’ll talk about self-publishing vs traditional publishing and why she chose the former; building a brand and opportunities for writing while traveling in an RV.

Contact: Susan.APW@hotmail.com for the link if you did not receive it.

APW Book Club – 5/22 -What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream?

Our next APW Book Club meeting will feature Brad Graber’s What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream?

Date: Saturday, May 22

Time: 10:00 A.M.

Zoom: The link has been sent to members of the Book Club. If you did not receive the link and would like to participate, get a copy of Brad’s book and email Karen Lateiner, host for the link.

Ever wonder why a fly is circling the deli? What you can learn from your dog about aging? If Mahjong is the true game of champions? Wonder no more. If you’re a fan of the Chicken Soup series, love Erma Bombeck, David Sedaris, and Larry David, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy this book sooner (and so will Brad).

What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? is the winner of the 2020 National Indie Excellence Award in Humor, 1st prize from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in Humor, recipient of a Bronze from Readers’ Favorite, and 1st place in the National Federation of Press Women At-Large Communications Contest.

Insightful, personal, and often very funny, What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? consists of over seventy essays exploring the subjects we only share with our dearest friends.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brad Graber is the award-winning author of The Intersect and After the Fall. He also writes a humor blog: “There, I Said It!” Born and raised in New York City, he grew up in a family where no one listened to him. So, he made up stories about them. He currently lives in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff. For more information on Brad, check our his website and subscribe to his blog at: BradGraber.com

What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? is available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook, and can be purchased at: https://www.amazon.com/Whats-That-Growing-Sour-Cream/dp/0997604247

Marie Fasano -winner of COA!

Congratulations to Marie Fasano! She was named Communicator of Achievement for Arizona for 2021 at our APW Virtual State Conference on April 17, 2021. Her entry is being considered by NFPW at the national level. Her writing and community involvement credentials are impressive. Here’s a very brief summary of Marie’s career. And the photos are of our new president, Connie Cockrell, presenting Marie with a certificate and the traditional Navajo Storyteller figurine for her achievement.

Marie A. Fasano from Arizona had a career in nursing and as a photojournalist. As a pilot, she volunteered flying to clinics in Mexico and writing travel articles. Marie has published books in the health field and a memoir, Tessie’s Tales. She edited two nationwide magazines and wrote articles for newspapers and magazines. Currently, she writes a column for the Payson Roundup, “Roaming the Rim.”

We should note that a Communicator of Achievement is not named every year. So it is quite an honor for Marie to be selected and well deserved!

APW Book Club – 4/24 – Tessie’s Tales

APW Members and guests,

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to our next APW Book Club Meeting on Zoom. You do not need to be an APW member to attend, but attendees are expected to have read the book prior to the meeting. See below for information about where to obtain a copy.

TOPIC: APW Book Club: Marie  Fasano –Tessie’s Tales

DATE: Saturday, April 24, 2021

TIME: 10:00 AM Arizona

Contact Karen: kslateiner@gmail.com 

ABOUT THE BOOK: Award-winning Tessie’s Tales consists of the stories as told by Tessie Trotta Fasano to her family.  It’s about growing up in New York City in an Italian family with Marie capturing her voice in the telling.

Available in print at $9.99 or on Kindle at $3.99

April 14 – Find you inner poet!

April is National Poetry Month

APW Rim Country Chapter Virtual Meeting

Topic: Let poetry release your imagination-Open discussion

Date: Apr 14, 2021

Time: 1:00 PM Arizona

Zoom link: The meeting is open to all. Members have been sent the zoom link. Nonmembers should email Connie Cockrell, Rim Country Chairperson for the link.

 

Play with your inner poet! Connie will be leading the discussion as we write poetry based on the forms created by Stephanie Peterson Abney. It should be fun!

APW State Conference coming April 17!

Arizona Professional Writers Annual Conference Saturday 9:00am to 12:00 pm April 17, 2021

To: APW Members and Guests
For those who have yet to register. Don’t miss this important event. Reminder to sign up for the Annual Conference. Click on the url below with Eventbrite to register. The short business meeting will update you on all we have accomplished this past year and let you know of our future plans.
We also have two workshops with excellent speakers to show you how to bring the past alive. See attached for full descriptions. Zoom link will be sent a week before the conference.
If you have questions please contact Marie at email or phone number below.
Making the Past Come Alive: Stories from Days Gone By
Attend the 2021 State Virtual Conference of Arizona Professional Writers
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9 a.m. —12 p.m. on Zoom
The conference is presented to you by Arizona Professional Writers (APW), a non-profit statewide organization of professional women and men in the communications field, To reserve your seat and receive notification of the Zoom link, register at Eventbrite :
Marie Fasano
9289785139

April 10 – Running with the Law!

APW Central Meeting April 10 Saturday 10:00 A.M

Running With the Law!

Please join the APW Central  Meeting, April 10, 10:00 A.M.  in our ZOOM meeting as Sherry Engler talks about writing her book Living With Leo and what life is like living with a Law Enforcement Officer.
Date: April 10, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Topic: Central Chapter meeting – Running with the Law – Sherry Engler
Zoom: The link will be sent to members. All are welcome. If you would like to attend and don’t receive the link, contact Susan Anderson, Chairperson and put “Zoom link” in the title.
Sherry E. Engler is an author, illustrator, and writer. She writes articles for “Outdoors Southwest” formally known as GYMOAZ (Get Your Mountain On Arizona). She attended the University of Arizona. She received a diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature and a diploma from the International Correspondence School in Master Art. Inspired by her passion for writing, she wrote Living with LEO: Law Enforcement Officer sharing light-heartedly her observations of family life with law enforcement officers in her roles as wife and mother.
Other books by Sherry, geared for children and teens, include: Daisy Doo! Daisy Doo? What? Who?; Holden’s Magical Blue Marble; and her latest release Princess Dixie, Princess Ella & 7 Crazy Hens. She also illustrated Jeremy’s Christmas for Carol Mathewson.For those who would like to purchase Living with Leo or any of her other books, Sherry is offering a discount if you order directly from her via email at sherryengler@gmail.com and include the code AZPW. Purchase 3 books or more for an additional 10%, using the same code. Shipping is included when you buy directing from Sherry.
Her website is https://sherryengler.com Her books are also listed with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online vendors. Best price is at-https://sherryengler.com though to get free shipping and the discount, order directly from her.